Sunday Brunch in Hampstead

Waking up on a Sunday morning and going to a cute little cafe for brunch.. Ahh I love that feeling! I wish there were at least 2 Sundays a week!

If you’re thinking of where to go for your next Sunday brunch, check out this place. 

I recently discovered a lovely little cafe in Hampstead where they have incredible brunch options. Whether you’re an egg-lover and love your Eggs Benedict or you have a sweet tooth and usually go for the Belgian waffles, or you may be an all-English type of breakfast person, there’s something for everyone in Silverberry!

The cafe/restaurant is located in a lovely area, less than 2 minute walk from Hampstead Heath train station. On a Sunday there’s free parking almost everywhere in the area so you don’t need to worry about the Sunday bus/train service!

Menu

Lots of delicious options to choose from!

Ambience

The place was very small and cute! The atmosphere was extremely relaxed, just what you need on a Sunday!

I was very surprised that the service was incredibly quick! Keeping in mind that we went at 11am on Sunday, which is peak time and the cafe was very busy indeed. We ordered our food and within 3 or so minutes our hot drinks arrived. Then 2-3 mins after that our food followed. We must have looked hungry haha!

Simple and cute decor.

Our brunch choices

I have forever been a sweet type of person, but recently I’ve been loving savoury breakfasts!

On this occasion, I opted for Eggs Royale. I loved everything about this meal! The smoked salmon, the eggs and the crusty sourdough! Could have it every single day.

So yummy!

One of my companions went for a “Make your own breakfast” which consisted of poached eggs, avocado, halloumi and sourdough bread.

Looks so good!

And the other went for the weekend special buckwheat pancakes with toasted banana, nuts and glazed with syrup.

Yum!

Area

The area is absolutely beautiful! It’s very close to central London yet still surrounded by parks and lots of greenery.

After brunch, we strolled down the little streets of Hampstead enjoying the cool February breeze.

Check out Silverberry’s website below for more information.

www.silverberry.net

 

 

 

 

 

3-day Detox Plan

Kick-start healthy eating habits by resetting your taste buds!

Most of us are all too familiar with post-weekend lethargy. Waking up on a Monday morning with last night’s partially digested roast dinner still churning around in your belly. Not the best feeling in the world but hey, that’s life! Most of us do tend to overindulge every once in a while, and before any guilt and shame sets in let me ease the pressure a bit. To your relief, research actually shows that spiking up caloric intake once a week actually has a positive effect on your metabolism. Provided however, that you maintain a relatively clean diet the rest of the time.

Now this “rest of the time” has been quite a challenge for me over the years. I’ve found that when I start a certain way of eating I can generally stick to it for a good amount of time. The problem comes when a situation arises that requires me to have to deviate slightly from my plan. I’m talking birthdays, nights out, holidays, weddings, special occasions etc etc. The second my tongue touches that cake, that’s it. Whatever diet I thought I was on is now a thing of the past. Finding balance and moderation has always been so difficult for me as I am generally all or nothing sort of person. But…I’m learning! 😛

I’ve discovered that there was a couple of reasons why I found it so hard to bounce back after a “relapse”. The first is, calling the slight deviation a relapse! Please people, never tell yourself that you’re on a diet. Because unless you’re one of the very very few out there that can be on a diet forever, you’ve doomed yourself before you even started. Try to adopt healthy lifestyle changes and avoid going on diets that are not sustainable over the long-term.

And the second reason that I found bouncing back so hard is because my taste buds were all out of balance. After a period of eating junk, your taste buds become accustomed to the taste of high fat, high salt and high sugar foods, so when you start eating vegetables, quite frankly they taste like nothing. So to address this issue I’ve come up with a simple 3-day detox plan that helps to reset your taste buds so that even after a period of overindulgence you can enjoy your veggies again in no time.

I’ve been doing this plan unintentionally for quite a long time now and I’ve found that it really works for me. It’s super simple and really enjoyable too!

Day 1

Breakfast

Fast. You can have black coffee or tea without any milk or sugar.

The reason for skipping breakfast is because usually when you’ve consumed a large amount of food over the previous days your serum insulin levels are likely to be quite high. Therefore, we want to allow your body to fully digest and absorb the food you’ve already consumed before bombarding it with more.

Please note: As your insulin levels start to drop you will start feeling very hungry. It’s really important that you override that hunger. You are not dying, your metabolism is not crashing, all that is happening is that your insulin level is going down and if you hold out a little it will stabilise and your hunger will disappear.

 

Lunch

Steamed broccoli, kale and spinach, sprinkled with some mixed seeds. You can use extra virgin olive oil, salt and spices to taste.

Dinner

Cooked lentils, steamed brussel sprouts and two hard-boiled eggs. Again you can use extra virgin olive oil, salt and spices to taste.

 

Day 2

Breakfast

Acai Berry Protein Smoothie (you can find the recipe for this smoothie in the food category on this blog.)

Lunch

Acai Berry Protein Smoothie

Dinner

Quinoa with steamed kale, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. Extra virgin olive oil, salt and spices to taste.

Day 3

Breakfast

17-a-day Japanese super juice. (See below for recipe)

Lunch

17-a-day Japanese super juice.

Dinner

17-a-day Japanese super juice.

17-a-day Japanese Super Juice

Ingredients:

Golden Delicious Apple x1

Pear x1

Cucumber – 2cm chunk

Lemon – small unwaxed

Fresh Ginger Root – 1cm chunk

Spinach – 1 small handful

Celery – 1/2 stalk

Carrot – 1/2 stalk

Kale – 1 small handful

Raw beetroot – 1/2 small

Pineapple – 1cm slice

Broccoli stem – 1cm chunk

Courgette – 1cm chunk

Parsnip – 1cm chunk

Fennel – 1cm chunk

Red Bell Pepper – 1 small slice

Yellow Bell Pepper – 1 small slice

Ice cubes

The Japanese RDA (recommended daily allowance) of fruits and vegetables is 17 different portion. With Japan being home to some of the planet’s oldest living people, I’m very inclined to incorporate some of their recipes.

This juice contains:

  1. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, K
  2. Beta Carotene
  3. Calcium
  4. Iron
  5. Magnesium
  6. Manganese
  7. Zinc
  8. Selenium
  9. Sodium
  10. Phosphorus
  11. Potassium
  12. Sulphur
  13. Copper
  14. Chromium
  15. Boron

 

Give this simple plan a go and let me know how you get on in the comments below. Enjoy!

Acai Berry Protein Smoothie

This is probably the simplest smoothie recipe ever! I’m a big fan of simplicity and you’ll see quite a few of these coming up.

This Acai Berry Protein Smoothie not only tastes like chocolate berry sorbet but it’ll also give you a health kick with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and keep you feeling full (due to the protein). All this in only 190 kcal! Win win.

Ingredients:

  • Acai berry (1 sachet) I use the brand Sambozan
  • Frozen berries (1 handful)
  • Chocolate protein powder (1 large scoop) I use the Women’s best Slim Body Shake powder
  • Water (varies between 200-400ml depending on how you like the consistency of the smoothie)

What good will this smoothie do for me?

  1. Packed full of antioxidants – Acai berry is known for its high content of antioxidants. It may even contain more antioxidants than any of the other berries. Whats more is that in this smoothie we’re adding a handful of frozen berries, that gives it more antioxidants still! But, why should we care about antioxidants? Well, antioxidants are substances that protect the cell from free radicals. An accumulation of free radicals can lead to oxidative damage, which can then lead to a host of diseases. Which we do not want. So you can view antioxidants are the guardians and protectors of your cells, keeping you healthy and glowing.
  2. High in fibre – Everyone is raving about fibre these days. And for good reason! Anything that doesn’t contain fibre is more or less constipation food. Therefore we want to make sure that we’re eating plenty of fibre. Fibre has so many benefits like regulating the absorption of sugar and thereby reducing the glycaemic index of food, it’s a fuel for the good bacteria in the large intestine and helps to remove toxins and waste from our bodies. In this smoothie, there is fibre in every ingredient (except the water).
  3. High in vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B3 and E –  As we know vitamins are extremely important. Although our bodies do not require them in large quantities, they are absolutely essential for the optimal function of the body. The above-listed vitamins have many health benefits including; supporting the immune system, supporting the nervous system and helping prevent premature ageing.
  4. Source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper – Again these are needed in small amounts but indeed very needed. These minerals help with the regulation of hormones that ensure order in the body. When your hormones are balanced, you are balanced. Simples.

Check out the nutritional facts of the smoothie below and give this baby a try!

Healthiest Açaí Bowl Recipe

Açaí bowls have become increasingly popular around the world as a healthy breakfast or snack. It is, without a doubt, its delicious taste and excellent nutritional profile that are making these bowls of goodness so irresistible.

There has been a debate on whether Açaí bowls are actually good for you when eaten on a regular basis. This is due to their inherent high sugar content. Yes, the regular Açaí bowl is a bit heavy on sugar, however it is also very heavy on nutrition. It is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are all essential for health.

As for the sugar, steps can be taken to help balance out the dish. These include; incorporating healthy fats, swapping high sugar fruits with lower in sugar fruits and not adding additional sources of sugar such as honey, agave syrup etc.

Read along to discover the healthiest Açaí bowl that compromises neither on taste nor nutrition.

Health benefits of Açaí bowls

  • High in antioxidants – The Açaí berry has been shown to have a very high antioxidant content. In many of the studies, its content is higher than that of other berries such as; raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
  • Healthy digestive system– Açaí berries are also have a high fibre content (3-4g per 100g). Fibre ensures an optimally functioning digestive system.
  • Beautiful, glowing skin – The high antioxidant content along with the many other micronutrients contained within the Açaí berry are known to have powerful anti-ageing properties. By reducing oxidative damage, the skin is better able to repair and regenerate revealing healthy glowing skin.
  • Helps protect against chronic noncommunicable diseases – The Açaí berry also has anti-inflammatory properties. Along with the high fibre, phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals, it may help to prevent diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Aids weight loss – The Açaí berry has been shown to affect appetite hormones there reducing appetite. It may therefore be used to aid weight loss.
  • Improves cognitive function – The antioxidant an anti-inflammatory properties of the açaí berry are key components of its effect on memory and cognition. In a process that suppresses biological activity which degrades cellular integrity, açaí berries appear to have a protective effect on brain cells.

 

Recipe

Ingredients:

Base

  • Açaí paste (1 sachet)
  • 1/2 banana
  • Unsweetened nut milk (almond is best)
  • Frozen berries
  • Protein powder

 

 

 

 

Toppings 

  • Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries etc.)
  • Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecan, brazil nuts etc.)
  • Seeds (chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds etc.)
  • Banana slices (no more than 4-5 thin slices)
  • Pomegranate

Method

  1. Put all base ingredients into the blender and blend. The resultant mixture should be a thick paste consistency.
  2. Pour the paste into a bowl and decorate with the toppings
  3. Enjoy! 🙂